Joe Battaglia's N. Y. Big Band: New York Mood
Leader Battaglia's trumpet, which solos on a number of cuts, shows a penchant for Harry James on "My Funny Valentine and "Carnival". But Battaglia's work doesn't have as much vibrato as James was wont to employ. Other commendable solos come from Schep Pullman's alto on "Tenderly" and "Stardust" and Danny Repole's trombone on "Someone to Watch over Me". Surprisingly absent is the up front, on top drumming heard in many of today's bands. You know Percy Brice is there, but he goes about his task subtly, much in the manner of the great Dave Tough. If you are interested in solid big band music without having to have a lot of new stuff, you could a do lot worse than this album. "Carnival" and "I Get a Kick out of You" are in reverse order than shown in the play list. Recommended.
Track Listing: "Yo-o Go Jo - Po"; My Funny Valentine; The Shadow of Your Smile; Tenderly; Carnival; I Get a Kick out of You; Stardust; Ding Dong the Witch Is Dead; What's New; Sonny's Place; Precious Medley; Candy; Serenata; The trolley Song; Someone to Watch over Me
Personnel: Joe Battaglia - Leader/Trumpet; Jim Colarusso, John Scorzello, Ron Martin - Trumpet; Danny Repole, Frank Vaccaro, Irvin Karan, Bill Cordone - Trombone; Schep Pullman, Keith Gurland - Alto Sax; John Ruta, Marcello Blanca - Tenor Sax; Richard Johnson - Baritone Sax; Joel Mofsenson - Piano; Percy Brice - Drums; Vic Lella - Guitar; Richard Skrabar - Bass
Style: Big Band